Tuesday, July 27, 2010

So I've been a little occupied

The past couple of weeks have been insanely busy and filled with fun activities. I'm not making excuses, I promise...I'm just saying!   I've helped my husband paint our basement, assisted Alice Hendry with a couple of weddings (the picture below is of a wedding that Alice coordinated at Cheekwood) .... check out the incredible flowers arranged by Village of Flowers on the hanging chandelier!

One Sunday afternoon I floated down the Harpeth River in a tube alongside a group of friends...
and somehow I managed to find time to relax with friends, and keep my sanity.
With that being said, let it be known that I have not entirely abandoned my blog or my love of parties! Think of it as a summer getaway.  Stay tuned next week for more party inspiration, fun summer entertaining ideas, and all kinds of exciting random bits of knowledge.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Relaxed Engagement Party over the 4th

My husband and I recently hosted an engagement party in Monteagle for some of our friends.  It was a very casual get together, but we wanted it to feel special nonetheless.  One of the guests of honor brought over a beautiful wildflower arrangement that we placed on the food table.  She and her mother-in-law to be arranged the flowers earlier that morning.   What a special treat! 
Check out the gorgeous flowers on the food table above.
Here's a shot of the hosts/hostesses and the guest of honor.  (above)
This is a picture of some of my girlfriends who came to the party.  I can't remember the last time I helped throw such an easy-going, yet festive party.  It definitely helped to have some helpful co-hosts to chip in.  Mission accomplished! Can't wait to see what sorts of parties next year will bring.

The hit of the food table at this party was a rendition of beer cheese made by our friend Sidney.  She shared the recipe with me, and I would like to share it with you!  Its not your typical slimey , processed beer cheese that you might have seen at the grocery store.  This is a creamy, zesty cheese spread.  Definitely worth trying this recipe...it was the first thing to disappear off the food table.

Beer Cheese Dip
2 C. Sharp Shredded Cheddar
2 (8 oz.) blocks cream cheese (softened)
1 packet ranch dressing mix
1/2 C. beer
1 jalapeno, diced
Dash of seasoning salt or garlic salt (optional)

Mix together all ingredients until well blended. Chill for several hours before serving. Can be made the day before.

Tips: It works best to mix the first 3 ingredients together and then add the beer. We like it best on Fritos Scoops, but it is also great with wheat thins, Triscuits, etc. Can be easily doubled for a crowd.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Engagement Party with a Twist

It is a tradition in the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly to celebrate recently engaged couples with engagement parties over the 4th of July weekend .  Since so many people come into the Assembly for the 4th of July, it is an ideal time to gather many friends from across the country.  Groups of friends will join together to host a party to celebrate several engaged couples at once.  When we were engaged a couple years back, it was so much fun to have these parties thrown for us, so we are excited to be able to do the same for our friends!

My hubby and I are co-hosting one of these parties this weekend for several of his childhood friends and their fiances.  Here is the invitation that I designed for this fun occasion.  More to come next week on the outcome of the engagement party. Stay tuned!!